Linda Masarira, leader of the opposition LEAD party, has called upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to address the plight of pensioners. She notes that the pensioners’ living standards have deteriorated as a result of the strained economy.
Posting on microblogging site, Twitter, Masarira said:
1/ Dear @ Cc @ Consider the plight of pensioners in this volatile economy. Most pensioners can no longer afford to buy their medication for chronic diseases and about 70% of pensioners are now living in near destitution. #
2/ Being at a pensionable age yourself Mr President have you imagined what it would have been like if you were not in power and hadn’t made it as President without social security after contributing towards your pension for over 35 years??? #
3/ As an advocate for social justice I am requesting your office to intervene and ensure that our senior citizens are well catered for and protected. I want all pensioners & all elderly people to be given non-pecuniary incentives in the form of basic groceries & free Zupco rides.
4/ @ should buy chronic disease medicines for all pensioners and stock them at district hospitals and supply them monthly for free. NSSA should withdraw from all deals or business that is not its core business. What is IPEC doing? #
5/ We all have a responsibility to ensure that senior citizens livelihoods are decent. You might not be a pensioner today but one day you will be one. Let us all ensure that we protect the rights of all vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe without fear or favour. #
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